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Question of Philip (11.10.2015): In what year did privateers appear? A:
The word privateer is applied to both ships and men.
A registered letter of May 25 1206 was found of record to Eustache le Moine. This letter did not contain forms used in the seventeenth century, but it ensures Eustache’s impunity for all acts of war against the enemies of the King of England.
We can find the word privateer in a very old Latin text where Guillaume le Breton says:
"Septuaginta rates quibus est cursoria nomen
Quas pelagi struxit Richardus et amnis ad usum."